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You know Girl Scouts as the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And now, we've created a community of likeminded advocates who feel passionately about coming together in support of girls.

It's the Girl Scout Network: a powerful community of adults—Girl Scout alums and supporters from across the country—who believe in preparing girls to be the leaders of the future.

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Read more about Maine Girl Scout Alums and the amazing things they are doing now:

Evie Clement and Mohdis Baker
Alum Spotlight: Evie and Mohdis

Evie Clement, a senior at the University of Maine studying Communications, Speech Pathology, and Psychology, joined Portland Rising because she “Knew it was going to be a unique opportunity to meet and play with some incredibly talented women, but also to support women’s ultimate frisbee in general.”

Clement was a member of Troop 497 in Falmouth. She emphasized that the Girl Scout community she had as a child, and even as an adult, reminds her of the women’s frisbee community she has now with Portland Rising. “I am surrounded by a strong group of females with a shared interest who I am inspired by and can learn from and grow with. As women, it is important to keep lifting each other up and communities like these make that a lot easier.”

“One of my favorite and most vivid memories as a Girl Scout was when our troop took a trip down to Boston. We got to explore the city, but I think the best part was that we got to sleep in the aquarium. I remember other troops were also staying there as we all curled up in sleeping bags on the floor like one big sleepover.  In our troop, we weren’t all friends before Girl Scouts, but we became friends because of it. I think being a part of Girl Scouts taught me how to be curious and creative, especially when working with others. I still keep in touch with a lot of my friends from Girl Scouts (granted, I only graduated a few years ago) and love reminiscing about our shenanigans. Looking back, it is such a great feeling to know I had a community of girls with shared interests as a support system to learn and grow with. We were able to do things like volunteer and give back to our community and have fun doing it.”

Mohdis Baker, Bates College Alum, and Westbrook resident, was a Girl Scout from Troop 2161 in Portland. She now works as a Lab Scientist at IDEXX and coaches an award winning women's ultimate frisbee team at Bates.

Baker went to a launch party for Portland Rising and “Couldn’t believe how much energy was already surrounding the team. Like most of our ultimate community, I was thrilled that not only would there be a professional ultimate team coming to Maine, but the first professional women’s team the state has ever had.”

“Girl Scouts actually translates really well into sports, where you are able to transfer your leadership skills, use your teamwork, and apply your self-discipline to achieve the goals that you desire. It also taught me how to make home-made ice cream with snow, which I still use to this day.”

“Despite not being able to compete on a field this season, we have still actively been learning about ongoing issues and using our platform to fight for social justice.”

Baker’s fondest memory of being a Girl Scout was the bridging ceremony from Brownie to Junior. She said, “Although the bridge is symbolic, it was a monumental experience for me where I felt recognized for my achievement and wanted to continue to do good for myself and my community.”

“Thanks to Girl Scouts, I developed a passion for remaining involved in my community. The more you're able to give back to your community, the more it can benefit you. I've found it especially important to give back to the younger generations so that they can learn and grow from our experiences and feel empowered to become future leaders,” said Baker.

Both Clement and Baker have advice for girls who are now and forever a part of the Girl Scout Network:  

“In terms of advice, one thing I keep trying to remind myself is to make time to give back. With all the responsibilities that come with this fast paced world, it can be easy to get lost and feel like you only have time to just keep yourself moving. But cultivating connections with others and giving back to people and communities that you care about is so important, whether it be volunteering in your community or just checking in with an old friend. . . plus It can also be a form of self-care because you usually feel better afterward,” said Clement.

“My advice is to stick with the hobbies you're passionate about. Not only will it help you grow in that field, but you can gain lifelong friendships and relationships from it. Although we may be out of our youth years, continue to set goals for yourself. You can never stop learning, growing, and improving yourself and the world around you,” said Baker.

Jessica Conley
Jessica Conley

Jessica Conley is a meteorologist at News Center Channel 6 in Portland and a proud Girl Scout Alum!

After moving to Mississippi for her first job, then back to Maine, then to Savannah, Georgia for another job, she is so happy to be home in Maine where she plans to live forever and ever. And we are so happy to have her home continuing to be a role model inspiring Girl Scouts all over Maine.

Jessica remembers her years as a part of Girl Scout Troop 76 in South Portland fondly. She loved being able to get creative with her Girl Scout troop, inspiring a lifelong love of doing crafty things! “I think some of the Christmas tree ornaments that my family still has on the tree today are from Girl Scouting.” Jessica shared.

Other great Girl Scout memories include marching in the Memorial Day Parade and going to the different Girl Scout Camps. She remembers the Chalet at Pondicherry feeling like a mansion it was so huge! Scelkit was her favorite because it was right on the water where they could enjoy many nature activities. Jessica has always loved the ocean, and obviously the weather, recently spending a lot of time at the ocean.

Jessica’s love of the outdoors, weather, and math inspired her to work hard to become a Meteorologist, despite few women in her program at Plymouth State University. In fact, just like many STEM careers, Meteorology is a male-dominated field that she had to break through. Jessica is an inspiration to young girls, showing them that girls can do anything they set their mind to and are passionate about. Beyond her work in the weather center and newsroom, Jessica teaches math at Southern Maine Community College (SMCC).

Jessica recently hosted Girl Scouts from all over Maine to kick-off cookie season, giving them a behind-the-scenes studio tour, teaching them how the green screen works, and enthusiastically sharing with them her passion for the weather and math. Appearing on the evening news, helping deliver the weather forecast and share their love of Girl Scout cookies, was icing on the cake…or should we say cookie!

Connecting with female role models, seeing them in action, and learning from them is critical to our Movement. Tune into Jessica on Channel 6 and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to get to know this go-getter Girl Scout even more!

Girl Scouts with Jessica Conley
Laila Sholtz-Ames
Laila Schotlz-Ames

When it comes to go-getter Girl Scout Alums, Laila Sholtz-Ames is leading the way. Laila lives abroad in Madrid, Spain where she teaches English, is working on her third book, and hosts a podcast called Facing Race. Impressive, right?!

Born in Dallas, Texas, Laila was adopted as an infant and grew up in Exeter, Maine. Although Laila was homeschooled, her mom made sure her and her sister were involved in community activities, which included Girl Scouts. Some of Laila’s earliest memories are from Girl Scouts. Her mom was her first troop leader before she transitioned to Troop 70, which she was a member of until she started college. Laila is still friends with some of the girls from her troop and feels fortunate to have had such a great support system.

Laila remembers her experience with Troop 70 in Corinth fondly, especially her leaders, “I had two amazing leaders, Paula Spinney and Karen Keim. They were great role models for all of us girls, and they worked tirelessly to make sure that we always felt supported.”

Her fondest Girl Scout memories include doing community service as a troop, helping organize a sleepover at the Bangor Mall for the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts, and many field trips and outings including going to Mount Desert Island and Camp Natarswi. As Laila says though, “I think my favorite memories were just spending time with the other girls and learning and growing together.”

Reflecting on the skills that Girl scouts taught her, Laila says, “Girl Scouts gave me the opportunity to be a leader, especially as I got older and took on more responsibility in my troop and community. It taught me how to work with other people, how to organize and multi-task, and how to set goals for myself.”

While Laila was a Girl Scout, she earned the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award! Certainly something to be extremely proud of and as she says, “While it was not an easy task, Girl Scouts taught me the importance of hard work and perseverance.” Beyond Girl Scouts, Laila continues to work hard to accomplish great things.

After high school Laila attended University of Maine, graduating with a degree in Journalism and Anthropology. A job at an environmental non-profit took her to Boston for a year before Laila decided she wanted to follow in her parents footsteps and become an educator. That, coupled with a desire to experience a new culture and learn Mandarin, took Laila to China to teach ESL. Returning to Boston after a year, Laila continued teaching for a few years before heading back overseas, this time to Madrid to pursue her Masters in Teaching. After coming back to the states to teach in the Bay Area, Laila realized how much she missed Spain and just last year, moved back to teach English at an international school in Madrid, where her and her husband plan on staying until the foreseeable future.

Because of Girl Scouts Laila is a confident woman who knows that she is able to succeed in whatever she does, and has the following advice for Girl Scouts of all ages, “Always believe in yourself. There will always be obstacles and challenges, but it’s important to have self-confidence and also lean on the other women in your life.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. We are so proud of you, Laila!

Do you know a Girl Scouts of Maine Alum doing incredible things that may want to be featured in the Girl Scout Network Newsletter? Send us an email at news@gsmaine.org.


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